Mata will not leave Chelsea in January, Mourinho insists

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reiterated that Juan Mata will not be leaving the West London club January, while claiming it hurts him to leave the Spaniard out of the starting XI, reports the Guardian.

Despite winning the club’s Player of the Season award for the previous two years, Mata has endured a frustrating time under Mourinho, starting just 11 of Chelsea’s 20 Premier League games, and playing the full 90 minutes on only two of those occasions.

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Willian often ahead of Mata in the pecking order, speculation over Mata’s Chelsea future has ensued, but Mourinho insists that the 25-year-old will not be leaving in January.

“If people think they can get our good players on sale, sales finished in London yesterday,’ said Mourinho. “I keep saying that I want him to stay. There [are no] offers. We have no offers.”

‘Mourinho also told of his desire for Mata to remain a key player at Stamford Bridge, adding: ‘I try to do my job forgetting I’m a soft heart, pretending that I’m a hard heart. Many times it hurts me, not just with him, with decisions I have to make.

‘But I think to do my job in the best way … thinking the team more important than any player. When I have to make a decision I always try to be a cold one, icy, analyse the situation and try to make the best decision for the team … putting the person secondary.

“But yes, it hurts me. He’s a good kid, he works hard, not an easy situation for him not to be playing every time. He started nine matches in the Premier League, had lots of minutes on the pitch. I love it if he does well. That’s what I want.”

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